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White polymer clay*
Acrylic paint - I use Folk brand craft paint (several colors plus raw umber)
Plastic mechanical pencil
2" brass headpins
Pewter bead caps in different sizes
Alphabet stamps (rubber stamps or metal stamps)
Round and chain nose pliers
Optional - Clay sculpting tool with a fine point for carving details, you can find them in the polymer clay section at craft stores. The ends kind of look like a dental tool.
*I like Sculpey for these kinds of projects. It's easy on the hands and has a great matte finish that takes the paint nicely.
- Work surface - cardstock, glass, tile - don't work directly on a table, polymer clay can eat the finish.
- Don't use kitchen items with clay, you must have a dedicated polymer clay pan. (Hello Dollar Store.)
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling clay
- Keep on eye on baking clay and use an oven thermometer to make sure you have the correct temperate.
1. Roll a 1" ball of clay in your hands. Don't worry about measuring, just guesstimate. Pinch the clay on one side to form a point for the ear, repeat on the other side.
2. Use the end of paint brush to make the eyes.
3. Create a triangle with a tiny piece of clay. Press it onto the face of the owl, smooth out the edges with your finger.
4. Press the tip of the pencil (with the no lead) to create dots around the eyes.
5. Use the sculpting tool or headpin to create an oval shape for the wings. Trace out little feather shapes in the wing area with the sculpting tool.
6. Stamp words onto the belly with letter stamps.
7. Poke a hole through the length of the owl with the headpin. Bake according the manufacturers suggestions.
The last 3 photos show a few variations.
1. Use the tip of the pencil to create a feathered belly instead of stamping a word.
2. Make a pointed nose and then press it down.
3. A simply nose option is to form a flat triangle instead of a pointed one.
1. Paint the owl the main color all over.
2. Antique the owl with brown paint, whip off immediately.
3. Paint the words a different color, whip off excess paint.
3. Touch up the color around the face and body of the owl.
3. Paint around the eyes with just a little bit of paint, almost a dry brush.
4. Paint the feathers on the wings several different colors.
Wash your brush when switching colors and dry it completely each time.
1. After the owl is dry, add it to a headpin.
2. String on two bead caps, upside down.
3. Trim the wire to 1/4" with wire cutters and form a simple loop.
4. Tie on waxed cord.
Remember if you make some, I'd love to see what you create!
This post has been added to the Art Bead Scene's Ornament Blog Hop, check out the great line up of creative ornaments here.
I am so going to try this! I just have to wait a few days for my hand to heal. I almost broke it and it's very tender. I will show you when I am done of course ;)
THANK YOU ! TOTALLY CUTE !!!!!!! :)
Thank you! I am going to give this a try. I actually have everything needed and my daughter loves owls!
Oh, so cute! I'll have to do this one with my girls :-)
Definitely trying this today I just made my first few polymer clay beads yesterday so this should be a fun little project to try next!!
I don't think I can handle the cuteness... but I'm gonna try!! :) Great tutorial. Thanks Heather!
These owls are adorable. Definitely want to try making some.
totally adorable, can't wait to try and I know nothing of clay. so cute!
Love these, adorable and thank you so much for sharing!!!!!
Heather, as always your projects are darling. I love little birds, especially owls. I have never worked with clay-just to many other hobby projects. Do the owls air dry or do you have to bake them? If so, what temp & how long? My oven has optional convection if that works better. Thank you Susan
Thank you!! I luv Owls and this is a perfect Xmas present!!!
Can you please tell me what kind of alphabet stamps you use?
They are a cute font and don't seem to have the beveled edges that are on the metal stamps.
I really want some lower case small letters, but have trouble finding what I think will work on the clay.
So totally cute - would love to try these, thanks for sharing.
I love every one of them. Thanks for the tute. Your owls leave me with a warm feeling in my whole heart.
Those are really cute
Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I am going to try it.
Ohhh, thank you for sharing these Heather ♥♥♥ :0))) They are so cute! That's what I have to give a try after my last Christmas fair this weekend.
I seriously need to try my hand at poly clay, and this is the perfect inspiration. Absolutely adorable! Christie
Your ornament making party sounds like best fun! Thanks for the owl instructions- very cute.
I love the owls and the tutorial is fantastic!
Debi - the alphabet stamps I used are rubber stamps found at Michaels.
I hear Jack, too! I love these!!!
These are fantastic!
These are fantastic!
These are seriously adorable!
i've noticed that the owls, as well as most of your work has a very matt finish. does the paint not come off if you don't use a finish on it?
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